Old English definition

  • noun:
    • The English language through the center of the 5th into start of twelfth century. Also referred to as Anglo-Saxon.
    • Printing See black-letter.
    • English prior to about 1100
  • proper-noun:
    • The ancestor language of Modern English, also called Anglo-Saxon, talked generally in most of Britain from about 400 to 1100.
    • Archaic English or center English speech or writing, or an imitation of the: old English.
  • adjective:
    • See under English. n., 2.

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